USCIS Offices Set to Reopen June 4, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended routine in-person services on March 18, 2020. Fortunately, starting June 4, 2020, USCIS will begin reopening various domestic offices. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Wisconsin immigration firm to learn more about the reopenings and how this may affect your immigration status.

Asylum Office Reopenings

Interviews canceled due to the closures will be rescheduled by USCIS, and you will receive the new date, time, and location of your interview. In certain cases, you may instead have to attend a video asylum interview with your interviewing officer. Do bring your immediate family members listed as dependents on your application to the interview, and if they cannot speak English, bring an interpreter.

Naturalization Ceremonies

If your naturalization ceremony was postponed, USCIS will send you a rescheduling notice, and, in accordance with social distancing guidelines, the ceremony may be shorter than usual. You can receive further information via a flyer and on the USCIS website.

Interviews and Appointments

If you, an applicant or a petitioner, had an appointment or interview rescheduled, you may reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center. The only people you may bring to your appointment are a representative, a family member, and a person providing disability accommodations, or an interpreter if necessary.

Application Support Centers

All ASC appointments canceled due to COVID-19 will be rescheduled by USCIS, and you will receive a notice in the mail regarding safety requirements.

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR ENTERING USCIS FACILITIES

All those visiting USCIS appointments must take the following precautions:

  • You may not enter a USCIS facility if you:
    • Have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with anyone who has/had COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • Have been directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a health care provider or public health official within the last 14 days.
  • You may not enter the facility more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment, though you may wait 30 minutes for a naturalization ceremony.
  • You should use the hand sanitizer provided at the entry point.
  • If you are a member of the public, you must wear facial coverings when entering facilities and ensure you are following all other social distancing guidelines.
  • Bring your own black or blue ink pen, if possible.

If you are sick, do not attend your appointment. Instead, simply follow the instructions on your appointment notice to reschedule for when you are feeling better–this will not adversely affect your immigration circumstances.

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U.S. Service Members And Veterans Can Apply For Naturalization Online

USCIS has announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization online. Before the recent USCIS move, individuals could only file these forms via paper applications. Now, applicants can submit these forms and check their status electronically, as well as receive updates and notices from USCIS concerning their applications. This is a big step in making the process easier for individuals who have served our country.

If you are currently serving in the military, or you are a U.S. military veteran, you may apply for naturalization under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. By doing so, your application fee and other requirements should be waived. Furthermore, certain provisions of the law may also award your family with some of these benefits as well.

As of now, you may file 10 USCIS forms online, as opposed to on paper. These forms are as follows:

  • Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539 is the first online application filing that uses USCIS’ eProcessing strategy.)
  • Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA)
  • Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  • Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document
  • Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship
  • Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card
  • Form G-639, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request
  • Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322

Finally, you should note that you must first create an account with USCIS online before attempting to file a form. Once you do, you can submit and track the status of these forms, pay certain fees, communicate with USCIS directly through a secure inbox, and respond to requests for evidence. If you have any additional questions regarding your immigration concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys today. We are here to help you through every step of the process ahead.

Contact our experienced Wisconsin firm

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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USCIS Offices Set to Reopen June 4, 2020

As you most likely already know, USCIS decided to temporarily close off the spread of all field offices, application support centers, and asylum offices to curtail the spread on the new coronavirus (COVID-19) since March 18. While until recently, there was no end in sight, fortunately, USCIS has recently announced that it will be reopening these services to the public starting June 4, 2020.

Upon reopening, USCIS will send all applicants and petitioners notices who had their initial appointments delayed as a result of the virus. If you are someone who had your asylum interview moved, you will receive a notice with the time, date, and place of your rescheduled interview with USCIS asylum offices.

If you had an ASC appointment or a naturalization ceremony canceled, you will receive rescheduled dates for those events in the mail as well. Finally, if you are someone with an InfoPass or another appointment, you will have to reschedule manually through the USCIS Contact Center after June 4, 2020.

If you have any additional questions regarding your immigration status here in the United States and how it may be affected by the new coronavirus, please do not hesitate to give our knowledgeable Wisconsin immigration attorneys a call. We know that these are turbulent times, however, we can now finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the immigration process.

Contact our experienced Wisconsin firm

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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USCIS Extends Office Closures Until April 7

Our last blog post explained the details of the USCIS March 18 decision to temporarily suspend all in-person services at its asylum offices, field offices,  and Application Support Centers (ASCs) in an effort to stymie the spread of the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Originally, these offices were set to reopen April 1. However, with the virus still rapidly spreading throughout the country and world, USCIS believed the prudent decision would be to extend the closures until April 7. Unfortunately, we believe that there is a very good chance USCIS will eventually extend these closures even past April 7, as there is no sign of the virus slowing down as of yet, especially here in the United States. That being said, you should note, however, that employees in USCIS offices are still performing what are deemed “mission-essential services” that do not require in-person contact with the public. In addition, USCIS will also still provide certain individuals with very limited emergency services. If you have an emergency, you can call the USCIS Contact Center for assistance.

If you are an applicant or petitioner and had your appointments or naturalization ceremony postponed because of the virus and/or the extended USCIS office closure, you will receive a notice in the mail from a USCIS field office regarding these interview cancellation notices, as well as a rescheduled asylum interview date. Furthermore, upon reopening, USCIS will automatically reschedule all ASC appointments canceled because of the closure, and you will receive a new appointment letter in the mail. If you are someone who has InfoPass or another appointment, you will have to reschedule it through the USCIS Contact Center upon field offices reopening to the public. If you have any other questions regarding the immigration process in these turbulent times, please do not hesitate to call our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys today.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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USCIS Updates Policy Manual Regarding Terms For Naturalization

Recently, USCIS has updated the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify the statute behind the continuity of residence that allows immigrants to become naturalized U.S. citizens. The continuity of residence is a crucial aspect of citizenship, which is why if you are someone who has been absent from the United States for more than 6 months during your naturalization period, this update most likely applies to you. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the process. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What does the update to the USCIS Policy Manual contain?

The update states that all applicants who have left the United States for more than 6 months, though less than a year will have to “overcome the presumption that they have broken the continuity of their residence in the United States.” Additionally, the update also states that all applicants who break the continuity of residence in the U.S. must begin a new period of continuous residence. If you are someone who has broken the continuity of residence needed for naturalization, you may need the services of an immigration attorney who can fight for your right to naturalization.

How do I know if I qualify for naturalization in the United States?

There are several ways in which you may qualify for naturalization. For example, if you have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and have met various other criteria, you will most likely qualify for naturalization. Additionally, those who have served in the U.S. armed forces who meet all other qualifying criteria may be eligible for naturalization. In other cases, certain children qualify for naturalization if they were born to a U.S. citizen outside of the United States. Finally, if you have been a permanent resident in the United States for three years and are the spouse of a United States citizen, you will also generally qualify for naturalization.

If you are someone who believes you qualify for naturalization in the United States, feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable immigration attorneys to learn more. We are here to help you through every step of the naturalization process–all you have to do is ask.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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